Suggestions on how to get my baby to nap?

Jenna - posted on 08/18/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 month old.. and have great difficulty getting her to nap during the day. She typically naps 3 times... about 30-45 mins each... but I have a hell of a time getting her to fall asleep on her own. For a while I was feeding her to sleep.. (I know.. not a good idea) and for the past 3 weeks I have tried all sorts of other methods to get her to nap... she cries and cries... Any suggestions??

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Amy - posted on 08/18/2009

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I found when my little guy started to do this it was because he was ready for two naps but was having trouble transistioning because he would still feel sleepy for a nap and so would cat nap and by the time the next nap time came around he would be tired but not tired enough to really nap. I'd try dictating nap time a little, if he wakes up at 7 then when they start to get tired at the two hour mark stretch it a half an hour for a week then an hour the next week so by the end of it they go down around 10 and two hour naps i found are the best time frame so up at 12 then at 2-3 they should be ready for their next nap start with 2 and after teh first nap is well established start to stretch it out like you did the first nap to get it to 3 and then 2 hours later hopefully they are up. so ur nap schdual is 7-10 up 10-12 nap 12-3 up 3-5 sleeping. apply this to ur schedual i just gave you a generalized time span customise it to yours! transistions take time!! also on average at 6 months most babies only need two naps maybe your little one is ready a little sooner :) good luck!



my guy wanted to switch to two naps at 4 months and now at 7 i think he is almost readyf or just one... because he has a half an hour one in the morning and then a two hour one in the afternoon, haha soon ill just forgo the catnap and then make that big nap a little earlier :) its all just experimenting and decoding what these new habits could mean :P

Christy - posted on 08/18/2009

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My advise is to try playing classical music. Walmart has some great CD's for babies. Also have you ever heard of white noise? You should try running a fan or something to create a repetative noise that may make your baby sleepy. Just remember your baby may cry for a while when you are teaching them to nap. That is just part of it. Your trying to teach your baby something. Be patient. You said your baby takes 3 naps a day. I did my daughter the same way. Just be consistant. Put her down at the same time everyday and eventually it will be a routine for your child and it will become easier.

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2009

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We bought one of those lil fish tank things that attatch to the side of the crib at babys eye level, you can turn on and it has different features like music, bubbles, ocean waves, soft glowing lights and the lil fish inside swim around, it is so quiet and soothing, my baby LOVED it, it ran on a timer so we would turn it on, lay her down and she would just be mesmerized by it until eventually her tired lil eyes would drift closed. It was a life saver. After that we slowly worked to just twisting her mobile for music, and now she lays down with nothing! Hope you find something that works, I know that can be frustrating! : )

Meredith - posted on 08/18/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. What finally worked for me... I put a flat pillow along with her favorite blanket and her stuffed bear in the crib with her, she would fuss for awhile but the more I did that the less she would fuss. Finally one day it became real easy. Hopefully that will give you an idea. Goodluck

Elaine - posted on 08/18/2009

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Hi Jenna, My daughter was like that to when she was younger, a terrible daytime sleeper, I was told some babies just are like that.. it was impossible for her to sleep on her own, I even tried letting her cio but didnt work with her. It has always worked for me & her when I held her, given her her bottle and she'd fall asleep like that, that was the only way I could get her to sleep and I still do just that, I still give her milk and she suckles on her bottle till she falls asleep, then she sleeps just fine. My baby is 16months now. Our plunkit nurse told us it was fine if it helped her go to sleep.. Hope that helps..

Bonnie - posted on 08/18/2009

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My daughter Angelina was the same way! I didn't know what to do so I called my mom and she said I was the same way! She told me the my great grandma told her to lay her down in her crib with a pillow. But make sure the pillow isn't too fluffy and if u have a glow worm which is like a mom's best friend push the belly and let the music play and the baby will lay her head down and hug it till she closes her eyes and goes nite, nite. Yes she may fuss for a lil bit but its ok cause her lungs are still developing and yes u will want to go and pick her up but don't!!! That was my hardest achievement while being a mom!

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